New Years Eve Decorations
by Giorgina Devereaux
New Years Eve decorations are
universal. The arrival of the New Year is
celebrated all over the world as people come together in different settings to
partake in this joyous and festive occasion.
For many, planning a New Year’s Eve party is on their agenda.
It merits proper
planning and making sure all of the little details are tended to.
For others, ringing in the New Year
comes with strings attached – resolutions.
The New Year spells a new beginning and a chance to wipe the slate clean.
Every year, some folks promise to lose weight, make amends with estranged family
and friends, become more spiritual, exercise more, finish their to-do list, and
Regardless of what your resolutions
are for the New Year, there is one universal goal we all share: to make sure the
New Year is celebrated in style and is as memorable as possible.
Below are some ideas for New Year's
Eve decorations to help you on your way to making your party decorative,
festive, and fabulous.
New Year’s History
New Year’s Eve celebrations can be
traced back to ancient Babylon about 4000 years ago. During the years around
2000 BC, the Babylonian New Year commenced with the first New Moon, which was
the first visible crescent after the Vernal Equinox (the first day of spring).
The Babylonian New Year party lasted for eleven days and each day had its own
mode of celebration.
Ringing in the New Year also dates back to an ancient Roman observance around
the time of the Winter Solstice in December called Saturnalia.
holiday consisted of a very festive celebration.
Fast forward centuries later and we have a song that is common to all on New
Year’s Eve. The custom of singing “Auld Lang Syne” goes back to the British
Isles from the 18th century when guests ended a party by standing in
a circle singing this song.
The custom was first rooted in Scotland since the
lyrics were written by Robert Burns in 1788. In the Scottish dialect, “auld lang syne” means “old long ago.” The message being conveyed by the song is
about love and friendship in times past.
Lastly, using noise to welcome the
New Year has to do with how during ancient times, noise was used to ward off
evil spirits. In Denmark, the New Year is welcomed by banging on the doors of
neighbors and friends and throwing pieces of broken pottery against the sides of
In Japan, “Oshogatsu” is their New Year and the celebration lasts for five to
six days. On New Year’s Eve, shortly before midnight, Buddhist temples ring
bells 108 times to remember the hardships that Japan has endured. This ritual
is a way to send out the old year and welcome the new one.
Employees do not work on New Year’s Day and spend the day relaxing and
celebrating with family by going to temples to pray for a prosperous and healthy
New Year. The first visit to the temple is called “Hatsu Mohde,” which
translates to “the first visit.” Also, dancers go from house to house making
bizarre noises and pound on drums with bamboo sticks.
In many parts of the United States of America, firecrackers are used at the
stroke of midnight to mark the New Year. This is also tradition in Viet Nam,
Hawaii, and South America.
Also, in many parts of the U.S., some celebrate the New Year by eating
black-eyed peas because they are considered good luck in many cultures. These
legumes are usually accompanied by either hog jowls or ham. The hog symbolizes
prosperity. Cabbage is also considered a good luck vegetable and is consumed on
New Year’s Day by many. The cabbage leaves are a sign of prosperity. In other
regions, rice is eaten because it’s considered good luck.
New Year’s Party Themes
Here are some themes for your New
Year’s Eve decorations:
Most of these themes are self
explanatory, but for the Winter Wonderland, you may wish to consider setting
your table in winter white, along with dazzling silver accents, such as, silver
confetti, silver candles, silver placemats, and silver napkins to add drama to
the table and dinnerware.
Decorating a table will not only add
elegance to the table, but will help tie in the rest of the décor in the room.
There are many fabulous things you can do to make the table(s) look fantastic,
such as, adding a colorful tablecloth, along with accents and finishing
Having a lovely table setting will create that special
ambiance your party deserves.
Table Cloth: You may opt to
use a plastic or linen tablecloth in gold, black, silver, or any other color
that suits your theme. If you are unsure as to what color to use, a safe bet is
a white linen tablecloth.
Table Skirt: A great thing to
include for table decor is a table skirt.
You can find table skirts in
different colors to complement your tablecloth.
Some even feature a design with
stars, which adds holiday cheer.
Table Centerpiece: A table
centerpiece creates a focal point for guests while bringing to life the intended
It is a festive way to add beauty to the table and makes guests feel
You may adorn your tables with the following centerpieces:
A black and
gold star centerpiece
mask (perfect for a Mardi Gras theme)
that color coordinates with your specific color theme and is set inside a
A gold or
silver star balloon holder (tie a balloon to each one of these for that
extra special touch)
(excellent for a Western theme)
cardboard centerpiece featuring the King of Hearts (this will coordinate
beautifully with a Casino theme)
Cards Fountain composed of 18” Mylar and adorned with playing cards and
classic card symbols (ideal for a Casino theme)
A clear vase
filled with faux flowers and colorful confetti. The confetti can be used
later for throwing to ring in the New Year.
clock (12” diameter that is perfect for the buffet table)
Here are some
ideas on other finishing touches that will enhance the overall look of your
table further adding to the New Year’s Eve decorations and spirit.
You may wish to consider incorporating funky party hats,
tiaras, party poppers, noisemakers, and streamers on each table.
Place tempting chocolate kisses around the centerpiece for
guests to indulge in.
Sprinkle colorful metallic confetti consisting of stars and
top hats around the table for that extra shimmer.
Dinnerware/Stemware/Cutlery/Napkins: To simplify things, you may wish to
use paper products, along with plastic stemware, and cutlery.
You may color coordinate the paper
plates, cutlery, and napkins.
Paper plates and napkins are also available with
the words, “Happy New Year,” along with a fireworks display in the background.
Champagne glasses and goblets are available in clear plastic as well as in
different colors. These products come in handy since it makes cleaning up
Chairs: Sometimes, chairs are neglected in party décor.
A nice touch for
chairs is to wrap a piece of colorful tulle around the backrest and tie a bow at
the rear of the backrest.
This will make the chairs look absolutely lovely and
it will blend in with the rest of the décor.
Another idea is to simply decorate
the chairs based on the New Year’s party theme.
You may set the scene for your New Year’s Eve decorations by attaching lightweight plastic
pieces on the wall consisting of a particular theme. These backgrounds are
available in long vinyl rolls that are approximately 4’ high x 50’. This is a
fun way to add a colorful background to your wall, which will definitely be a
For instance, scene setters for a
disco theme are available. You can find designs that feature the following:
A blue background with white twinkle stars, colorful dots, and the
word Disco interspersed throughout the background.
Dancer silhouettes on a blue and confetti background, along with a
colorful disco dance floor.
A disco sign with disco records.
One male dancer and one female dancer.
A scene with the words, “Disco Fever.”
Decorating a ceiling gives the
impression that the room has more height while adding instant pizzazz to the
Ceiling Stars and Swirls: You
can hang ceiling stars and swirls in a metallic silver or gold color.
You may wish to consider hanging two
31" foil disco balls from the ceiling to give the feeling that you are at a
disco dancing the night away.
Balloon Drop: A fabulous way to ring in the New Year is by setting up a net
containing multi-colored balloons and dropping them at the stroke of midnight.
A net can generally drop up to 100 balloons and adds excitement to your party.
This will definitely wow your guests and make for unforgettable New Year’s Eve
Your guests will feel as though they are celebrating New Year’s on Times
Set up a Photo Booth
A picture is worth a thousand words
and what better way to capture happy moments with friends and your significant
other than by having a picture taken in your very own photo booth.
As a backdrop, you may wish to
display a lovely arch that has gold or silver tulle adorning the arch, along
with clear Christmas lights intertwined for that magical effect.
Add a few
stools to give guests the option of sitting, or if they prefer, they may stand
for the photo.
Miscellaneous New Year’s Eve
I thought it would be fun to include
some ideas on a Fortune Telling theme. You may wish to consider placing a sign
on the front door that reads, “Psychic Readings Inside,” along with a red light
bulb for the porch light to add a dash of mysticism.
Consider scattering an assortment of
pillows around the house to make it comfortable and cozy for guests.
candle LED lights in every corner of the house for that bewitching effect.
Great colors for furniture and table covers are bright purple, orange, red, and
Accessorize by decorating the tables
with fake coins, charms, plastic gold necklaces, and a deck of Tarot cards.
Also, hang a poster with an image of the zodiac wheel, a poster of a black cat,
or anything that gives it a gypsy like feel on the walls. Another nice touch is
to hang strings of beads in every doorway to give the feeling of privacy.
To keep guests entertained, consider creating activities in different areas of
the home. For instance, in the corner of the living room, you may wish to place
a long table cloth over a round table, along with a crystal ball. You may wish
to recruit an elderly lady dressed as a gypsy to sit beside the table and offer
fortune telling services by doing crystal ball readings. She may also do palm
readings and when finished, hand each guest a fortune cookie.
In another area of the house, you could incorporate pillows on the floor where
guests may sit around a low table. You could place the Ouija board, playing
cards, and books on palm reading, numerology, and tarot card reading for guests
to refer to and try on one another. This is a great way for guests to
For the kitchen area, you could hire a fortune teller to provide numerology
readings. In the family room, a poker table could be set up and a friend may
wish to volunteer as the dealer for guests to participate in a game of card
playing. The winner gets a special prize.
Set up a Donation Table
You may wish to encourage guests to
make a donation to the needy by setting up a donation table. Donations can
consist of anything that isn’t perishable, such as, bringing a can of soup, a
box of crackers, cereal, clothing, shoes, and other much needed items. Consider
joining in the spirit of giving and lend a hand to those who are less fortunate.
As your guests say their goodbyes,
you may wish to hand each of them a party favor as a souvenir.
This can be as
simple as a white, silver, or gold gift bag containing a holiday card, votive
candle, and chocolate truffles tucked inside.
And I bid thee farewell with a snippet from “Auld Lang Syne”
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!!
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